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I recently watched a show on tv about Toxic shock syndrome. It really freaked me out, seeings how i'm a strong tampon user. Well i don't know what to do anymore. i freaked otu abotu it. I stayed up that nigth till 4:30 unable to sleep. Suddenly I started getting sick, I got some symtoms of it and i don't know what to do abotu it. Is there anyway I could find out for sure. I know that I should go to a doctor but I want to see for myself. When I do go to my doctor, just to ask about it. How exactly will he check for it?
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I wouls jsut like to say that I have also thought about TSS but then one day I wore a tampon for almost 24 hours. I never got it nor did i feel any pain. I was wondering if your cramps and pains might have been psychosomatic because you had just watched and learned about TSS. Just a thought. Do u wear tampons to bed??

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You should never keep a tampon in that long, nor should you ever sleep with one in. I'm guessing, too, that Krissie was mainly panicking.

However, even commercial brands will tell you on the box to change your tampon every few hours, and not to sleep with one. An additional help is to use noncommercial brands thast only use cotton, not rayon.

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I am a year round swimmer and I have practice every day before and after school. For me, switching pads and tampons is not a very real option it seems... I can't swim with a pad. I was wondering if this put me at a higher risk for TSS

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SeeMeSwim, you may be at higher risk compared to a person who only uses pads, but if you follow the instructions on the box -change them every few hours (I'd say 2-4 hours depending on your flow) and don't wear them overnight-, you should be fine. By the way, you can find the unbleached coton ones in health food stores and the like.
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I'm not trying to be confrontational, but I just looked at the insert in the Regular Absorbency Tampax box and it says specifically that they can be worn overnight and for up to eight hours...Do the limits stated before *especially the overnight bit* only hold true for super absorbency?

Kinda worried because I HATE pads and always wear tampons overnight...

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You pays your money and you takes your choice, really.

TSS is rare. It happens, but it's rare.

The basic thing to remember is this: the longer you have a tampon in, the higher your risk of TSS.

REMEMBER: Risk does not mean that something is GOING to happen, it just means that it COULD.

If you want to use tampons overnight, and you are willing to assume the higher risk that a rare, but very bad, thing could happen because you do, go right ahead. It's a lot like other things in life -- do you choose to drive your car when you're tired, even though you know that sleepy drivers have a higher risk of car crashes? do you decide to eat that tuna salad sandwich that's a week old, even though you know there's a higher risk that it might give you food poisoning?

Depending on your tolerance of risk and your fear of the potential consequences if that risk happened to become an actuality, you may make different choices under different circumstances.

TSS is a serious illness. It could potentially be fatal. Obviously -- as with driving cars when we're tired -- sometimes we choose to make decisions that raise our risk level. We also know that the only truly safe sex is masturbation -- condoms fail, and STDs can be transmitted many ways -- but many of us still choose to have sex with partners.

We do it because we know that risk doesn't mean that something is necessarily going to happen, though there is a chance that it might. We do it because where there is a risk of something bad happening, there is often also a benefit we might derive from doing that risky thing. So we take risks.

The important thing is being well-educated and knowledgeable. That's what lets you turn unmanageable risk into managed and much more reasonable risk. Being knowledgeable lets you assess how much risk you are taking and choose to do it or not do it. Being knowledgeable lets you know what the warning signs are if something goes wrong. Being knowledgeable means you know how to take action if it does. And most of all, being knowledgeable means that you take responsibility for taking your own risks.

Like I said, you pays your money and you takes your choice.

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